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Florida Rep. Tries Anti-Health Insurance Mandate Amendment Again

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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Last year, State Representative Scott Plakon (R-Florida) attempted to put a measure that would amend the state’s constitution to forbid mandating the purchase of health insurance on the ballot. That time, a judge rejected it due to what was considered overly political and misleading language.

Undaunted, Plakon is trying again. House Joint Resolution 1 would challenge the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation, which will eventually fine certain individuals and employers for failing to purchase affordable health insurance. It would give Florida more legal standing in its lawsuit against the federal government’s provision.

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Florida Individual Health Insurance Controversy Rages On

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Months after national healthcare reform passed, it is still a hot topic during state election primaries. Florida is a case in point. As expected, Democratic candidate Alex Sink supports it. Lawton “Bud” Chiles, an independent, is ambivalent; he thinks the law should stand with some modifications.

One of the Republican contenders for governor, Bill McCollum, is best known as the attorney general behind the class-action lawsuit against the law, which over 20 states have joined. He contends that the provision that serves as a Florida individual health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, because it forces residents to purchase the product. Obviously, he is highlighting his opposition as a campaign talking point.

The other man in the race, Rick Scott, is also against the law. In the 1990s, he ran a hospital chain that was accused of Medicare fraud. More recently, he spent $5 million of his own money to defeat the legislation. Scott also wants “Obamacare” repealed. We will see what happens during the 2010 election primaries next month.

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Florida Will Participate in Federal High-Risk Health Insurance Plan

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

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Instead of using their own resources to create a new high-risk health insurance pool, Florida has elected to participate in the soon-to-be-created federal program.

Governor Charlie Crist cites the state’s budget crisis as his reasoning. He told Kathleen Sebelius that while he agrees that individual states should do their part, his state is simply unable to afford the establishment of a new Florida health insurance program at the moment. Crist is a Republican-turned-Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Florida will receive approximately $351 million to subsidize its portion of the federally sponsored program intended for people with pre-existing conditions to buy health insurance plans.

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Health Insurance Mandate Will Be On FL Ballot

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

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Republicans in the Florida state legislature just passed a measure that will put healthcare reform on November’s ballot. The amendment would change the state constitution so that the state would be exempted from the health insurance mandate.

If passed by the voting public, the amendment will set the stage for the Supreme Court showdown Attorney General and candidate for governor Bill McCollum has been chomping at the bit for–he is spearheading the multi-state lawsuit that claims the mandate provision is unconstitutional. In order to mount an effective challenge, the federal government must be overreaching against specific state laws.

Even those who realize that the supremacy clause of the United States constitution will probably nullify their own amendment are thinking ahead: they are considering the possibility that Florida legislators in the future would consider similar reforms of health insurance plans. Cynics would claim that the ballot measure is an attempt to inspire more conservative turnout at the polls, especially for the heated Senate race.

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Democratic Rep Wins Post-Healthcare Reform Special Election

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The very first vote for national office since the passage of affordable health insurance reform occurred in Florida this past week. Many have considered these elections to be a referendum on the law.

Although Republicans are still predicted to take many seats in Congress this fall due to the controversy over healthcare reform, a Democrat won a seat in Florida this week. During a fundraiser in Miami, President Obama cheered the victory of Ted Deutch, who will be replacing retiring Dem Robert Wexler in the House of Representatives.

Granted, a special election during an off-year normally has low turnout. However, political pundits have predicted that would work in favor of the health insurance law’s opponents, who have fired-up supporters and senior citizens–who are more likely to vote–on their side. Still, it’s a sign that Democrats may not suffer in this fall’s mid-term elections as much as previously thought.

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